Sports News-September 19, 2013

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The Cleveland Browns are making changes at running back, trading Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts for a first-round pick in next year's draft.  Richardson has struggled with injuries since being selected third overall in last year's draft following a standout career at Alabama.  The Browns plan to bring in running back Willis McGahee for a physical.
 
Former heavyweight champion Ken Norton has died at age 70.  A friend of the fighter says Norton had been in poor health for the last several years after suffering a series of strokes.  Norton had three memorable fights against Muhammad Ali, winning the first while breaking his jaw in 1973.

Nebraska Chancellor Harvey Perlman and athletic director Shawn Eichorst say they believe football coach Bo Pelini is sincere in his apology for a profane rant against fans two years ago and the university is ready to put the matter to rest.  The joint statement released yesterday said former athletic director Tom Osborne was aware of the recording more than a year ago and addressed the matter with Pelini at the time.  The statement said Pelini's demeanor has "significantly improved" since then and that Pelini understands the "seriousness and inappropriateness" of the comments.  A recording of the rant was leaked to the Deadspin.com sports website this week.

Three weeks into the season, half of the Big Ten's defenses are under aerial attack.  Six of the conference's teams are allowing 250 or more yards passing a game.  Nebraska gave up big yards in a 41-21 loss to UCLA.  Coach Bo Pelini said his defense looked good at times. But they gave up big yardage in the decisive third quarter.  Illinois coach Tim Beckman says his team failed to pressure Washington quarterback Keith Price in a 34-24 loss.  Price threw for 342 yards.  Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald's team is giving up 319 yards a game.  He says he hopes weak defenses don't mean an offensive explosion is ahead in conference play.

American Jordan Burroughs won his second wrestling world championship yesterday, defeating a wrestler from Iran in the final.  Burroughs, a gold medalist at the 2012 Olympics, extended his undefeated streak to 65 matches with a 4-0 victory in the 74-kilogram category in Budapest.  After the final, Burroughs revealed that he broke his ankle during training on Aug. 22 but was able to recuperate quickly after surgery.  On his way to the title, he also defeated opponents from Tajikistan, India and Azerbaijan.  In the semifinals, a wrestler from Belarus, was disqualified after cautions for attacks to Burroughs' face.  Burroughs, who won two NCAA championships at the University of Nebraska, was defending the title he earned in Istanbul in 2011.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have updated their high school softball rankings.  In the Omaha World Herald, Papillion La Vista remains first in the 'Nebraska Top 10' & Class 'A" while Elkhorn South stays at number one in Class 'B'.  In Class 'C', Raymond Central is once again first, West Point Guardian Angels remains third, Wayne moves up from seventh to sixth, Twin River stays at number eight, and Pierce is once again ninth.  In the Lincoln Journal Star, Papillion La Vista remains first in Class 'A" while Beatrice stays at number one in Class 'B'.  In Class 'C', Raymond Central is once again first, West Point Guardian Angels stays at number three, Wayne remains fifth, and Twin River is once again eighth.

Local Schedule:  Grand Island at Nfk High (FB-7:00); Hartington CC at LHNE (VB-7:30); Nfk Cath at Boone Central/Newman Grove at Albion (VB-7:00); Millard South at Nfk High (SB-6:30); LHNE Vs. O'Neill-4:00; Vs. Pierce-5:30 (O'Neill SB Tri.); Nfk High at Millard North Inv. (B. Tenn-8:30 AM); Nfk Cath & LHNE at Columbus Scotus Inv. (CC-4:30); Nfk Cath at Crofton (GG Dual-4:00); Sioux Falls Univ. At WSC (VB-7:00).

Tonight:  The 3-0 Norfolk Panther football team entertains 2-1 Grand Island at 7:00.  Pregame coverage at 6:30 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.

Friday Night:  High School football action has Plainview hosting Clarkson/Leigh at 7:00.  Pregame coverage at 6:35 on Lite Rock 97.5 & Literock97.com.

Local Scores:  NECC 25-25-22-25 Ellsworth CC, IA 22-21-25-20 (VB).

     INTERLEAGUE
    
      Final            Cincinnati        6    Houston                  5,  13  Innings
    
    
          AMERICAN  LEAGUE
    
      Final            Minnesota          4    Chi  White  Sox      3
      Final            L.A.  Angels      5    Oakland                  4,  11  Innings
      Final            N-Y  Yankees      4    Toronto                  3
      Final            Seattle              8    Detroit                  0
      Final            Baltimore          5    Boston                    3,  12  Innings
      Final            Tampa  Bay          4    Texas                      3,  12  Innings
      Final            Kansas  City      7    Cleveland              2
    
    
          NATIONAL  LEAGUE
    
      Final            Atlanta              5    Washington            2
      Final            Miami                  4    Philadelphia        3,  10  Innings
      Final            San  Diego          3    Pittsburgh            2
      Final            N-Y  Mets            5    San  Francisco      4
      Final            Milwaukee          7    Chi  Cubs                0
      Final            St.  Louis          4    Colorado                3
      Final            Arizona              9    L.A.  Dodgers        4
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE  PRESEASON
    
      Final            Columbus        5    Carolina        4
      Final  2OT    Tampa  Bay      4    St.  Louis      3  (SO  Tampa  Bay  2-0)
      Final  2OT    Dallas            3    Florida          2  (SO  Dallas  2-0)
      Final            Anaheim          2    Colorado        1
      Final            Edmonton        4    Vancouver      1

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